New Expedition Underway
Get Ready! Utah teacher Kevin Dickerson is headed to Antarctica to work with Dr. Byron Adams. His work is part of the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) Program, an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in an ice-free region of Antarctica. They will spend time collecting microbes in the Dry Valleys. Follow the expedition, post questions, and sign up for webinars from the field here.
December Witness Community Highlights
The December 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes two articles: “NSF’s Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)” presents an overview of the solicitation that embodies the Foundation's forward-looking response to the profound challenges associated with the Arctic; “Arctic Science Ministerials: High Level Political and Policy Support for Grass Roots Level International Scientific Collaboration” provides a perspective of how the first and second Arctic Science Ministerial events developed and why international cooperation is essential to address challenges that result from a warming Arctic.
Melissa Lau's Alaska Expedition Photos
Full resolution photos are now available online for PolarTREC teacher Melissa Lau's Phenology and Vegetation Change in the Warming Arctic expedition to Toolik Field Station, Alaska, that took place from June 6th to July 7th, 2018.
Happy Holidays from ARCUS
ARCUS wishes you all a very happy holiday and we look forward to working with you all in 2019.
Archived PolarConnect Event
In case you missed it, learn what it's like to live and work in Antarctica and work on the Automatic Weather Stations with teacher Mike Penn and team lead Lee Welhouse. You can read more about their research and what Mike is doing here.
New Website Available
Incidents and Lessons Learned in Arctic Fieldwork
Researches working in the field in the Arctic face many challenges to health and safety. To learn from past incidents and prevent future injuries, the Arctic Sciences Section at the National Science Foundation is sharing information about the accidents and near misses that have happened during fieldwork.
The short summaries for each incident can be used to seed discussions within field teams about how to better manage risks in the field. In some cases, Lessons Learned documents have been drafted to emphasize the root cause of an incident to prevent it from happening in the future. The information is not attributed to any individual or projects. The goal is to increase reporting of incidents and near misses while also decreasing the occurrence of incidents in the field.
This effort is one of the outcomes of the 2014 workshop on Arctic Field Safety Risk Management. The Arctic Sciences Section encourages researchers to report incidents and near misses to their cognizant program manager or to their project manager at CH2MHILL Polar Services.
Antarctica Day 2018
After almost 59 years, the Antarctic Treaty continues to shine as a rare beacon of international cooperation. To celebrate this milestone of peace in our civilization with hope and inspiration for future generations – ANTARCTICA DAY is recognized to be December 1st -the day when the Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959. As an annual event, Antarctica Day encourages participation from around the world. Learn more about this amazing polar region and join in one of the many events celebrated around the globe.
Researchers, apply today!
We are accepting applications from researchers interested in hosting an educator on a polar field-based expedition in 2019 or early 2020. It's a great way to share your research with students and the public. For more information about the process or to apply, contact us at info [at] polartrec.com.
ARCUS at AGU 2018 Fall Meeting
We are gearing up for a busy week at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.! ARCUS staff and board members hope to see many of our colleagues and friends—and meet new ones—at the ARCUS-related events at AGU this year, including an Arctic Funders “Meet and Greet”; the ARCUS Annual Meeting; our open Arctic Community Reception; several sessions, talks, and posters; and hosting the Community Meeting Room. Also, there will be a number of PolarTREC alumni and their students presenting. Be sure to check out all the education and communication sessions!
Allyson Woodard’s Alaska Expedition Photos
Full resolution photos are now available online for PolarTREC teacher Allyson Woodard’s Permafrost and Community expedition to Nikolai, Alaska, that took place from August 7th to 22nd, 2018.